Contemporary cultural processes related to maternity in Portugal and England: an ethnographic study

Leading researcher: Joanna White
Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods
Type of project: Researcher contract
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Maternity | Pregnancy | Childbirth | Health policies | Medicalisation | Embodiment | Genre | Knowledge | Power | Agency

Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BCC/52703/2014
Starting date: 01-11-14

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The research explores contemporary cultural processes related to maternity. The various personal, cultural and institutional processes which contribute to the experiences and decision-making of both individual women and maternal health professionals in relation to pregnancy and childbirth were examined. The study particularly explores: a) The forms of embodiment are experienced by women during pregnancy, delivery and the immediate post-natal period and the relationships, belief systems, modes of authoritative knowledge and other factors which influenced these; b) The belief systems, knowledge cultures and other factors influencing the behaviour and decision-making of health practitioners and managers responsible for guiding and supporting women throughout pregnancy and childbirth; c) The temporal, spatial and human resource organisation of health services, particularly delivery settings, which contribute to the ways in which women and health staff conceptualise and experience pregnancy and childbirth. This research was carried out through a combined methodology of one-to-one, open-ended interviews with women and maternal health professionals and observations in hospital settings.

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IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub248*Joanna WhiteResearcherproj185*Contemporary cultural processes related to maternity in Portugal and England: an ethnographic studyResearcher contractConcluded
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